Wim Nijs wins Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Toronto

by George Boys-Stones .

We are delighted to announce that Dr Wim Nijs (currently working in Leuven, Belgium) has won a prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, and will join the Department of Classics and CSAMP for two years in the fall. He will be working on the Epicurean philosopher Philodemus, especially his thoughts on flattery, a subject to which Philodemus devoted a book of his work On Virtues and Vices.

Welcome to Rares Marinescu

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We are delighted to announce that Dr Rares Marinescu will be joining us as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from September this year. Dr Marinescu has studied at London, Heidelberg, and Cambridge, where he received his PhD in 2022 for a thesis on Proclus on Aristotle on Plato. A Case Study on Motion. His research interests lie in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and natural philosophy. He mainly works on Plato, Aristotle, and Neoplatonism and is particularly intrigued by the so-called ‘harmony’ between Plato and Aristotle.

3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship on offer!

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The Department of Classics at the University of Toronto is offering a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in Ancient Philosophy, to begin as soon as possible after 1st September 2023. Apart from pursuing their own research, the successful candidate will be available for up to 6 hours per week to assist in the organization of activities associated with CSAMP. The Fellowship comes with a salary of CA$60,000 per annum. Some opportunity for paid teaching might also be available.

To be eligible, you must have received a PhD in a relevant field (from any Department or Programme), or have fulfilled all conditions for conferral (including final approval of any post-viva corrections), before June 1, 2023. You must have had no more than two years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience by September 1, 2023.

If you wish to be considered, please send a single pdf to the address below combining: your CV, contact details for at least two and no more than three referees, a writing sample no more than 10,000 words in length, and a description of plans for an original and substantial research project to be pursued during the Fellowship, in around 500 words. (Proposals to rework the results of doctoral or other previous research projects will not be considered.) Your email cover should briefly indicate how your interests complement existing strength in ancient philosophy at Toronto, and may offer any other information you consider relevant to your application (but note that quality of information will be preferred over quantity).

The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight (EST) June 16, 2023. Application materials, and any inquiries in the meantime, should be sent to the Dircetor of CSAMP, Prof. George Boys-Stones at


Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship success

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We are delighted to announce that Tommaso De Robertis, working with John Magee (Classics / CMS) has been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to work at Toronto from next year. His project is “Re-orienting the foundations of ‘new science’: John Philoponus and modern theories of space and void (1520-1604)”. We look forward to welcoming Tommaso to CSAMP!